Most of the vinyl that arrived from Iceland last week was relatively new, stuff that came out in the last couple of years. The one exception was this little gem from 1982 by Spilafífl. I’ve managed to put together a nice collection of OG Icelandic punk, post-punk, and new wave from the early 1980s, and the holes I still have tend to be things that are both extremely rare and/or unreasonably expensive, so it isn’t often I add something to the shelf. This copy of 3 – 30 Júní is a punch-out and also has a small chunk taken out of the run-in, meaning I have to be careful when dropping the needle, but otherwise it plays fine.
Musically these two tracks have a late post-punk/early new wave feel to them, dark and poppy at the same time. The B sider “Sæll” brings a little dub to bear as well, something I’ve always liked about early punk songs that use that kind of reverb.
As far as I can tell this is the only solo release by Spilafífl. They had a song on the Rokk Í Reykjavík in 1982, and more recently on the comps Nælur (1998) and (Soðið) Pönksafn (2016), but that’s it. It’s too bad because their stuff is solid.